Following large-scale droughts that devastated the Horn of Africa in 2011 and 2012, USAID and other development partners support efforts to build resilience against future shocks to the region. Coordinated resilience programming has seen positive results in the arid and semi-arid lands, including an overall drop in households living below the poverty line and an increase in perceived resiliency among local communities. Constant evidence-based learning to inform this programming and promote adaptive management is necessary for progress to continue.

The Resilience Learning Activity (RLA) is in year three of a five-year program funded by USAID Kenya and East Africa, USAID Somalia, and the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. RLA, operating both a secretariat and evidence-based learning initiative, works with regional, national, and local organizations and institutions in Northern and Southeastern Kenya, Somalia, and the Horn of Africa to support entities to apply collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) principles to build their capacities for analytics, adaptive management, improving knowledge management, and communications to advance USAID’s objectives that support a pathway to sustainability for resiliency actors.